What-To-Do Wednesday: How to combat oily skin

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I recently got a message asking for info on how to get rid of oily skin.  I think if you are born with oily skin, you can never escape it but you can definitely tone down the shine.  Below are few helpful tips on what you can do to combat oily face.

  1. Wash face with the right cleanser even if you don’t breakout, use a clearance with 2% salicylic acid which helps fight zits and also keeps skin matte.  I like DDF’s blemish control cleanser but drugstore brand Clean & Clear also has great ones like the 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, Continuous Control Acne Cleanser and new one just for oily skin, Advantage Oil Absorbing Cream Cleanser.
  2. Now that you have picked the right cleanser, make sure to use the right tool to wash your face.  Use a face brush like Clarisonic or the Olay brush to wash your face.  Not only do they get rid of all the dirt, they also help exfoliate.
  3. Use an alcohol based astringent to oily areas only; it will help eliminate the extra oils throughout the day.
  4. A fast and cheap home mask is egg yolk.  Dip a cotton ball in egg yolk and apply to oily areas, leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
  5.  Use a face mask at least once a week that has clay or salicylic acid; both of these temporarily reduce oil production in your skin. I like Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask.
  6. Be mindful of what you put on your face before you go to bed.  If you are using a cream and it’s making your skin oily, then switch to a lotion if it’s still oily, then use hydrating serum.  But make sure that your moisturizer has salicylic acid to reduce oil production or caffeine which minimizes pores for a matte face.
  7. If you wear foundation everyday, make sure to buy a water based formula and always opt for oil free options.  I myself wear tinted moisturizer or BB cream everyday and only wear foundation for special occasions.
  8. Keep blotting papers with you at all times, Clean & Clear has great one at an affordable price.  Blot away the excess oil instead of powdering the face; it will keep your face looking matte and fresh instead of cakey.
  9. Stop touching your face too much, oils from your hand will transfer on to your face and make the matter even worse.  Oily hair and oily skin goes together so if you are seeing too much shine on your face, keep your hair pulled back.
  10. Lastly, watch what you eat and drink.  Increase your intake of water to flush out your body of all the impurities and eat more spinach and carrots.  Both of these are high in Vitamin A which slows down oil production.
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